Posts by Sowmya Kanikkannan

Refreshed, Re-energized and Ready for Another Year

One of my favorite things about being a hospitalist is attending the annual SHM meeting. I look forward to making new friends, reconnecting with old colleagues, and learning about what's happening across the country. With so many opportunities to connect and educational tracks to learn from, this year’s conference did not disappoint in the slightest. HM 2015 opened with a discussion of how to take quality to the next level. Hospitalists were once again placed at the forefront of the changing healthcare system, and were encouraged to lead transformational change. In this era of cost-consciousness, it was good to see the organization vigorously support efforts like Choosing Wisely and high-value care. These and other quality initiatives are ones that I personally champion in my daily practice, and I loved HM15's positive reinforcement of that! One interesting new event was the case competition organized around the Choosing Wisely campaign. Hospitalists from…

Building a Great Hospitalist Team

Ever since we are children, our parents and society teach us how to play together with others. What we don’t realize is that this lays the groundwork for developing important teamwork skills — the same skills that enable success and positive outcomes in the workplace. My own experiences in hospital medicine practice throughout the last decade continue to increase my appreciation for these seemingly simple yet invaluable techniques. Like many young hospital medicine directors, I began my leadership role with only a basic understanding of teamwork concepts. Excited by the new role, I immediately decided that the first task that I would tackle would be to take my new group of disparate physicians and build them into a team that could produce positive results for my hospital and our patients. As you can probably imagine, achieving that goal is not an easy task. I would learn that it requires thought,…

The ED-Hospitalist Relationship: Friend or Foe?

One of the things that I love about my job as a hospitalist is the ease with which we can develop friendships with colleagues from other disciplines. Since I am an inpatient physician, it’s not surprising that some of my good friends are cardiologists, nurses, endocrinologists, physical therapists and, of course, other hospitalists. In fact, I met my neurosurgeon husband while co-managing his patients at the hospital. While thinking about this two years ago, I realized there were very few ED physicians on my list of friends. I was perplexed because while I interact with ED docs more than any other group of physicians, I didn’t seem to have many as close friends. To better understand this discrepancy, I took a trip back in time and thought about how we learned to interact with our ED colleagues during residency. I realized that many of us unfortunately learn to perceive them…